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(WTOP)   "3 door-to-door scams even smart people fall for." With "smart" in this context apparently meaning "slightly above average YouTube commenter"   ( wtop.com) divider line
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2018-03-08 06:20:14 PM  
Stupid people are a lot harder to scam than clever shiats.
 
2018-03-08 06:21:13 PM  
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2018-03-08 06:35:37 PM  
I sick the dogs on uninvited solicitors. Problem solved.
 
2018-03-08 06:51:17 PM  
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2018-03-08 06:52:11 PM  
I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.
 
2018-03-08 06:55:16 PM  

IHadMeAVision: I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.


Just don't put on the robe.
 
2018-03-08 06:55:47 PM  
Candygram

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2018-03-08 07:00:31 PM  
In our neighborhood some people were trying to pull the utility scam right I the mode of the blackouts.
 
2018-03-08 07:02:30 PM  

IHadMeAVision: I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.


What about a real door to door fake door salesman?
 
2018-03-08 07:05:49 PM  

doglover: IHadMeAVision: I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

What about a real door to door fake door salesman?


Who would buy those from a door to door salesman when  you can just go to www.fakedoors.com?
 
2018-03-08 07:06:19 PM  
So when you WANT a utility worker because of an issue, they take two weeks to come, and then they're late. I'm supposed to believe they send out people unannounced?

Besides, if you can see the street from your front door, you can probably recognize the difference between a F350 pickup with the utility company's name on it, and a beat-up Kia.
 
2018-03-08 07:10:18 PM  
IHadMeAVision - I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

So, you answer the door naked for actual salesmen?
 
2018-03-08 07:10:42 PM  
#4: reading an article that is "This content is sponsored by Ackerman Security"
 
2018-03-08 07:11:28 PM  
A fun thing to do on April Fool's Day would be to pose as a door-to-door door-salesman.  Go around dragging an actual door behind you.
 
2018-03-08 07:11:30 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: IHadMeAVision - I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

So, you answer the door naked for actual salesmen?


it also works on mormons
 
2018-03-08 07:11:56 PM  
I either don't answer or turn away anyone who comes to my door uninvited. I might humor you for a minute, but you are damn sure not coming inside.
 
2018-03-08 07:14:21 PM  
Answer the door with an 870 wingmaster. They won't get fresh with you then....
 
2018-03-08 07:14:36 PM  

sunderland56: So when you WANT a utility worker because of an issue, they take two weeks to come, and then they're late. I'm supposed to believe they send out people unannounced?

Besides, if you can see the street from your front door, you can probably recognize the difference between a F350 pickup with the utility company's name on it, and a beat-up Kia.


Kia.  The Boost Mobile of automobiles.
 
2018-03-08 07:15:57 PM  

Exluddite: I either don't answer or turn away anyone who comes to my door uninvited. I might humor you for a minute, but you are damn sure not coming inside.


Never do anything at your door unless it's people from the neighborhood that you know.  Those are taxes that must be paid.
 
2018-03-08 07:16:22 PM  
Downvoted - FTFA:

" This content is sponsored by Ackerman Security "
 
2018-03-08 07:22:54 PM  
"This content is sponsored by Ackerman Security"

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2018-03-08 07:25:18 PM  
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2018-03-08 07:25:21 PM  
JUST DON'T OPEN THE GOD DAMNED DOOR!!!
 
2018-03-08 07:26:15 PM  
Chemlight Battery
IHadMeAVision:
I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

Just don't put on the robe.


Just the wizard hat.
 
2018-03-08 07:27:04 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: JUST DON'T OPEN THE GOD DAMNED DOOR!!!


STOP YELLING AT ME!
 
2018-03-08 07:27:06 PM  
Who the fark opens a door to a stranger?
 
hej
2018-03-08 07:30:04 PM  
The moral of the story is never answer your door for any reason.
 
2018-03-08 07:31:01 PM  

Chemlight Battery: IHadMeAVision: I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

Just don't put on the robe.


Oh god no, I did food delivery for
5 years full time, a good stretch of that was 6 days a week... I can't in good conscience do that to anyone.
 
2018-03-08 07:32:42 PM  

noitsnot: Exluddite: I either don't answer or turn away anyone who comes to my door uninvited. I might humor you for a minute, but you are damn sure not coming inside.

Never do anything at your door unless it's people from the neighborhood that you know.  Those are taxes that must be paid.


This one right here. I don't open the door for anyone but service people I called, my neighbors, or their dogs.
 
2018-03-08 07:33:23 PM  
I don't open the door to unsolicited strangers. Ever. There's just never a good reason to do it. If it isn't a straight-up criminal or scammer, it's some asshole trying to sell you shiat you don't need (I'm including religion in that group).

I'm a tiny white woman, so I view this policy as a "better safe than sorry" type. Hasn't steered me wrong yet.
 
2018-03-08 07:38:16 PM  
I got doorknocked by home security once. I'm not sure if it was legit, or fake, honestly.

Either way, at the time I was babysitting my parents' dogs. So I opened the house door (screen door still shut) and this guy got to stare at me framed by four dogs, three of which outweighed me by an average of twenty pounds a piece. He eventually said "..I'm guessing you don't need home security." I confirmed I was good, and he walked away without anything further.
 
2018-03-08 07:39:03 PM  
I keep falling for the come to work n well pay you scam.
 
2018-03-08 07:44:01 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I don't open the door to unsolicited strangers. Ever. There's just never a good reason to do it. If it isn't a straight-up criminal or scammer, it's some asshole trying to sell you shiat you don't need (I'm including religion in that group).

I'm a tiny white woman, so I view this policy as a "better safe than sorry" type. Hasn't steered me wrong yet.


I saw this midget with a shaved head who was trying to raise money for scam children with cancer charity. He even had some parent like people urge him on from their car. I gave the little shiat a piece of my mind, he got spooked, he won't be back
 
2018-03-08 07:44:12 PM  
That's why I always answer the door while holding a 7" kitchen knife.
 
2018-03-08 07:46:14 PM  
When someone asks to come into your home, think about it for a minute and then say "I suppose... does anyone know you were coming here?"
 
2018-03-08 07:46:24 PM  

big pig peaches: doglover: IHadMeAVision: I don't know, I kind of wish a fake door to door salesman came to my door. Probably more legal to kick his ass for making me put on a robe than an actual salesman.

What about a real door to door fake door salesman?

Who would buy those from a door to door salesman when  you can just go to www.fakedoors.com?


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2018-03-08 07:46:41 PM  
Just echoing what others have said, but I don't open my door for anybody that I'm not expecting or I don't recognize.  I don't care if my garage door's open, my windows are open, and you can hear or even see me in the house.  I own this f***er so that means I decide when I open the door.  Keep walking.

Two of the closest times I've come to fisticuffs involved magazine salesmen.  In the early 90's in college and again about 15 years ago.  After the first few 'no thank you's' they played the heartstrings.  After the next few they got aggressive and insulting.  Both times they backed off after I said I was about to kick their ass.  And this from a guy who's never been in an actual adult fistfight.
 
2018-03-08 07:49:05 PM  
I don't answer my door. If someone knocks during the day I hide around the corner and rack the slide on a 12 gauge.
 
2018-03-08 07:51:10 PM  

Loan Starr: Just echoing what others have said, but I don't open my door for anybody that I'm not expecting or I don't recognize.  I don't care if my garage door's open, my windows are open, and you can hear or even see me in the house.  I own this f***er so that means I decide when I open the door.  Keep walking.

Two of the closest times I've come to fisticuffs involved magazine salesmen.  In the early 90's in college and again about 15 years ago.  After the first few 'no thank you's' they played the heartstrings.  After the next few they got aggressive and insulting.  Both times they backed off after I said I was about to kick their ass.  And this from a guy who's never been in an actual adult fistfight.


One of my State legislators came to my door. I yelled at him until he went away. The memory keeps me warm on cold nights.
 
2018-03-08 07:53:27 PM  
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The sign says "No soliciting see dog for details", the mat says "Ask not for whom the dog barks. It barks for thee", the cut off finger on the doorbell was just for Halloween but I was tempted to leave it up.

The only people who still ring my goddamn doorbell? Mormons.
 
2018-03-08 07:55:48 PM  
Subby is wrong.  Even youtube commenters are smarter than the idiots in the article, and that's saying a lot.
 
2018-03-08 07:56:52 PM  
I can't decide if the article writer is an idiot and assumes anyone smarter than him is "smart" OR if the articles writer is trying to flatter the rubes of the by calling them smart.

Either way, it's just another example of someone abusing a word because those scams are idiotic and people that fall for them are morons.
 
2018-03-08 07:58:21 PM  
Do what I do. Answer the door drunk, wearing nothing but adult diapers and holding a bottle of Jack Daniels. Peer at whoever it is and ask "Are you the hookers I ordered?"
Haven't been bothered by Jehovah's Witnesses for ages.
 
2018-03-08 08:00:44 PM  
I'm honestly amazed people fall for any of the scams I've seen lately. I don't get many door knock scams but some asshole website has sold my phone number. I've now got it on full-time do not disturb mode with exceptions for numbers on my favorites list. So work, friends and family, and certain service providers ring through and that's it. If an unknown number leaves a message I'll check it to be sure. Get at least 5 calls a day from cruise/home security offers. Recently got a "Your Windows machine will be disabled if you don't call us immediately." message.

Need to figger out a way to let texts pass through but, it's low priority. Since more often than not I'm on a computer that's synched to the phone. I text more from the comp than I do my phone.
 
2018-03-08 08:01:17 PM  

sunderland56: So when you WANT a utility worker because of an issue, they take two weeks to come, and then they're late. I'm supposed to believe they send out people unannounced?

Besides, if you can see the street from your front door, you can probably recognize the difference between a F350 pickup with the utility company's name on it, and a beat-up Kia.


as the homeowner, all the pipes inside my house are my responsibility, not the utility company.
They only cover the stuff outside of my house.
Why would I let them inside to look for anything?
 
2018-03-08 08:05:55 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I don't open the door to unsolicited strangers. Ever. There's just never a good reason to do it. If it isn't a straight-up criminal or scammer, it's some asshole trying to sell you shiat you don't need (I'm including religion in that group).


^ that

// if I'm at home, I'm either working, gaming, cooking*, cleaning, shiatting, showering or shaving. And all of that trumps answering the door for some random person.

// Friends text before coming over, so their arrival is expected. This isn't like the 80s when people didn't have portable communication devices with them at all times.

// *: though I was tempted to answer the door when someone rang it four times while I was prepping chicken. Big ass knife in one hand, hunk of chicken meat in the other hand.
 
2018-03-08 08:08:01 PM  

Exluddite: I either don't answer or turn away anyone who comes to my door uninvited. I might humor you for a minute, but you are damn sure not coming inside.


I do the same unless they're selling thin mints.
 
2018-03-08 08:11:48 PM  

Calypsocookie: [img.fark.net image 416x750]The sign says "No soliciting see dog for details", the mat says "Ask not for whom the dog barks. It barks for thee", the cut off finger on the doorbell was just for Halloween but I was tempted to leave it up.

The only people who still ring my goddamn doorbell? Mormons.


Finger?  That's subpoenas.
 
2018-03-08 08:14:40 PM  

Calypsocookie: [img.fark.net image 416x750]The sign says "No soliciting see dog for details", the mat says "Ask not for whom the dog barks. It barks for thee", the cut off finger on the doorbell was just for Halloween but I was tempted to leave it up.

The only people who still ring my goddamn doorbell? Mormons.


You could switch from a doorbell to a door knocker...

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2018-03-08 08:16:05 PM  
csb: I had a guy knock on my door one time, he said he was from the cable company.  He wasn't wearing any type of uniform, just regular clothes.  I looked out and saw he was in a regular car, no logo or anything.  I asked his name and told him to wait there.  I called the cable company, and you know how long it takes to get to an actual person there, and tried to get someone to verify his identity.

About 10 minutes had passed and I could tell the guy outside was getting tired of waiting and he said, "I can just come back later".  I said, "Don't you move. Stay right there, I'm on the phone with your company".  Another 5 minutes and someone finally was able to verify that he was, in fact, a salesman with them.  I asked if they knew he was going door to door with no company ID and driving a plain car and they didn't really have a good explanation for that.

So finally I agree to talk to the guy outside about what service he was selling, but he was annoyed the entire time.  I finally asked him why he thought it was ok to show up at people's houses with a personal car and no company ID.  I told him anyone willing to talk to him without doing a proper verification check is out of their mind and to re-evaluate his approach.  Even if the guy had ID and a logo'd vehicle, I would have called to verify.  Those are easy enough to fake.

I must have been the only one to put him through that based on his reaction, which is unsettling.  I guess a lot of people just take these guys at their word when they say they're from a utility company.

/end csb
 
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